Sunday, July 02, 2017

Blessings of God

1 Peter 3:9 NIV 
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

God's blessings are all around us. His promises throughout the Bible are ours because of what Jesus did on the cross. They are yes and amen.

But why, do you ask, do bad things happen to me? And to others. It is not that His blessings are not there for us to grab hold of. No, it is because of our sin as we walk this earthly walk.

Yes, the Father does not see our sin. Satan does. And this opens up doors for him to send his demons in to disrupt our lives causing chaos and sickness.

Too often as Christians, we get caught up thinking about His mercy and His grace. Yes, His grace is upon us. Our sins are forgiven and remembered no more. We live under grace. His mercies are new every morning. He loves us unconditionally.

This does not give us a license to sin even though God does not see us doing so. Satan does. So the straighter the walk we walk, the more sinless walk we walk, and the closer we walk with Him.

What is sin? It is anything that takes our focus away from God in our walk with Jesus. Anything that is not filled with His love as we interact with others is sin.

Although we are not bound to them for our salvation or to live under God's grace the Ten Commandments and the Old Covenant laws are good guides for living our lives free from sin.

As the apostle Paul said about living under grace, we do what we know we should not even though we know what we should. And we know what we should not because we know God's word and what is right and what is wrong.

Lord help me to stop doing what I want because it feels good; because it satisfies my flesh. Help me to walk the walk you have for me, the walk Holy Spirit attempts to guide me into each day. Shield my thoughts so that I can only feel what You feel and see what You see and want what You want. In Jesus name, I pray.

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